Date Uploaded: 12th July 2020
Tal-Mixta cave is one of the hidden spots you find on the outskirts of the village of Nadur with sweeping views over Ramla Bay.
Many visitors come here for this splendid picturesque view high up in the hills on the north side of this tiny village with a population of 4,500 people.
It provides a perfect panoramic view of the sandy beach called Ramla Bay, the fertile terraced fields all through the valley. They are best seen in winter since they are in full greenery. The surrounding sloping rock faces and the deep blue sea extending outward into the Mediterranean Sea.
It is potentially one of the many
incredible sights on Gozo. The second largest island in the Maltese archipelago
with several locations offering incredible sights to see.
The purpose of this post is to encourage visitors to come visit this cave. You will not hear a lot about this cave as it is not well known. In fact we found out about it through social media. We typically visit Gozo, but until recently we never heard about it.
You can get to the cave by all types of transport, apart from the Sightseeing tours. If you take a quad bike tour, there is a high possibility that the guide will take you to the cave.
See the map below we created to help you find your way to the cave from the bus stop.
The Natura 2000 Management Plan report for this area on Gozo has indicated that through remains that have been found the cave was used during the Medieval period or even before. This indicates that the location was a prehistoric cave dwelling location apart from a defensive post.
Back to 7th July 1733 according to heritage expert Edward Said two Muslim vessels entered Ramla l-Hamra bay and dropped anchor. While looking for supplies for their crew across the valley they took a Gozitan family of eight as prisoners.
Due to this the Knights of St. John realised how easy it is to land on this beach undetected decided and build a rough stone wall along the seabed across the bay just below the surface of the sea level undetected to the oncoming boats. It still existing today.
They also excavated a fougasse which is designed to fire a large quantities of stone on the approaching enemy ships and an entrenchment wall structure. These defensive structures were common around vulnerable areas around the coastline of these islands.
Tal-Mixta cave also played its role in the defence of this bay during the time of the knights. The advantage of this cave is that its mouth is facing the bay and so attackers cannot see the defenders waiting for them apart from being at a high level.
This was a positive attribute to use as part of the defensive system. Two small openings were dug in the rock face towards the open sea to enable cannons to fire onto approaching enemy vessels.
Yes, the cave is open to the public. The surrounding area is all private property and hence why you cannot keep going near the cave with your vehicle.
In 2019, the Ministry of Gozo said that the cave is not closed to the public as there were signs stating that people must 'Keep Out' and that the land is 'Private'.
The cave is indeed free to visit and can be visited at anytime of the year.